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Careers and Enterprise

Freelancer Award

Ready to turn your freelance aspirations into reality? What could you achieve with up to £3,000 in funding? 

Win up to £3,000 to start or grow your freelance business or side hustle

Next round will open in November 2024.

Do you possess skills that have the potential to make you some money?

Are you working for yourself and need a boost to make it official?

You can apply for a grant of up to £3,000 to launch your freelance business and make it official. You will need to be able to show that you already have tested and validated your business/ social enterprise/ freelance idea.  (eg: you’ve engaged with potential customers )

If you are looking to test your idea, apply to our Try It awards.



Who we're looking for:

  • You have identified skills that you can offer to clients and developed a business model around it
  • You have validated your idea by engaging with customers/clients/organisations.
  • You have spotted the market need and/or opportunity and you are able to describe the market size
  • You have a realistic and specific plan to launch

To be eligible to apply you must:

  • have a proven business or social enterprise idea: you’ve validated your idea by engaging with your early adopters and potential customers.
  • demonstrate that you have early adopters of your product or service.
  • be current QMUL student or graduated less than three years ago or if you're part of a team, the lead applicant is a QMUL student or graduated less than two years ago.
  • Have a QM Careers Hub account. If you are a graduate, you can still access QM Careers Hub (TargetConnect) However your student details will no longer work and you will need to register for an graduate account. Once you have registered, the Careers team will approve this and merge your existing student account with your new graduate account so you don’t lose any of your profile. If you have any questions about your QM Careers Hub account, please contact Please note it might take a few days to register for your new account, so please take this into consideration.
  • Your venture is predominantly based in the UK

You aren't eligible if:

  • You are a current international student. Due to T4 Student Visa restrictions, we are not able to fund you or your business idea. However you can apply to our Build it Award

We encourage you to book an Enterprise Appointment with the Enterprise team before submitting your application. To book an appointment, call 020 7882 8533 or book online

How to apply

Complete our application form on QM Careers Hub. 

If your application is successful you will be invited to pitch again in person or online at a panel interview.

Funding deadlines

Monday 27th November, 9am

If you have any queries about enterprise funding or enterprise in general, please email us at 



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